Long-awaited reissue of the second part of the classic spy trilogy, Game, Set and Match, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world.
A lot of people had plans for Bernard Samson.… When they spotted Erich Stinnes in Mexico City, it was obvious that Bernard Samson was the right man to 'enrol' him. With his domestic life a shambles and his career heading towards disaster, Bernard needed to prove his reliability. and he knew Stinnes already - Bernard had been interrogated by him in East Berlin. But Bernard risks being entangled in a lethal web of old loyalties and old betrayals.
All he knows for sure is that he has to get Erich Stinnes for London. Who's pulling the strings is another matter…
©2014 Len Deighton (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
“Deighton's best… until the next” (Daily Mail)
“The poet of the spy story” (Sunday Times)
“A master of fictional espionage” (Daily Mail)
“Deighton is back in his original milieu, the bleak spy world of betrayers and betrayed” (Observer)
“Deighton is a marvel… few authors writing in the rigorous and finite genre of spy fiction have mastered the craft as well as Deighton… Mexico Set is a pure tale, told by an author at the height of his power” (Chicago Tribune)
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"The master of the spy story"
My comments on Berlin Game apply to the whole series. If you like spy stories you will not be disappointed.
"Hot burritos in the Cold War"
It's OK if your a Deighton completist - well written but too heavy on the Sampson soap opera and too light on the espionage. That said, he deliberately made the Sampson stories a longer game than his other books.
Enjoyed the ambiguity about ideology that the spies have - it's a game for them. Found the sister in law irritating.
The conversations between Stinnis and Bernard
Very well narrated - I like readers with the confidence to "act" different characters.
"Just gets better"
Second in the Bernard Samson Cold War series. Great stuff - same well constructed characters and another fine reading.
The story stands alone but is a continuation of 'Game' and it would be an error not to read the earlier work first. A pleasure missed. There is a minimum of the often annoying repetition associated with this style and the characters and story are augmented rather repeated.
Already listening to Match.
"Where are the rest !?!"
If you loved Berlin Game, then Mexico Set is an easy purchase and justifiably so!
It twists and turns like an eel in a bucket of baby lotion!...Bernard is on the back foot for a good part of the story, which is unusual for such a cool guy.
Lailey gives another great performance, he has Samson down perfectly. I'm not 100% sure about the jamican accent, but hey!
There are a number of moments that made me laugh out loud (which is embarasing in the quiet coach of a train!)
More! More! More! Can audible please hurry up and release the final part, as well as Hook,Line and Sinker and Faith,Hope and Charity.
I would recommend it to anyone who loves spy thrillers - Len Deighton is still the best.
I think the best comparison is anything by Robert Littell. The stories feel authentic, have surprising twists and are told with humour.
The 'kangaroo court' at London Central where Bernard makes them all look fools.
I can't fault the characterisation and storyline. I also thought the reader was excellent.
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